BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol that is very popular among Internet users. Its main advantage is the high data transfer speed since the file is not downloaded from the server but from several computers and each user who has already downloaded the file.
One of the most popular BitTorrent clients (P2P file download and upload program) is uTorrent, but recently several Windows 10 users have reported numerous problems with this program due to changes in Windows 10 security settings. One of the most annoying problems is the “Access Denied (Write to Disk) Error” message when you try to download a file using uTorrent.
What Causes ‘Access is Denied’ Error in uTorrent?
Before trying to find a solution, we must first determine the cause of this problem. Here are the most common causes.
uTorrent does not have administrator rights: In most cases, the error when uTorrent says it cannot write to disk is due to the fact that it does not have administrator rights. To solve this problem, simply give uTorrent administrative privileges and it will start downloading again.
Folders without permissions: In some cases, users have reported that the folder where the torrent is downloaded does not give uTorrent access, it is somehow set to read-only. To fix these problems, you should either remove the read-only property from this folder or create a new folder and upload torrents to it.
Internal error stopping the download: This behavior may be caused by a bug in uTorrent. For some users, the problem has been resolved when they have tried to reset the download location via the uTorrent client.
How to Solve ‘Access is Denied’ Error in uTorrent?
Reinstall uTorrent on your computer
It is possible that some files in the uTorrent app were corrupted during use, which could be caused by a faulty uTorrent update, malware, or even Windows bugs. In any case, it is best to simply install a new copy of the software to rule out such a scenario.
- On your computer, press the Windows + S keys and locate the Control Panel.
- Then click Open to launch it.
- Then click Uninstall the program from the main menu.
- Finally, find the uTorrent application in the list, right-click on it and select Uninstall.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall the program from your computer.
- Then go to the official uTorrent website and download the latest version of the program to your computer.
Delete update files
If the uTorrent app is not working properly, it is possible that some of its files were corrupted during the update or the update itself was not properly installed on your computer.
In this case, you can try manually removing the update files from your hard drive to return to the previous version of uTorrent.
- On your computer, press the Windows + R keys to launch the “Run” command window.
- Then type %appdata% and press Enter to open the AppData folder.
- Then open the uTorrent folder and scroll down to find the Updates.DAT file.
- Finally, delete the Updates.DAT file from your hard drive and restart the uTorrent client.
- Try downloading the files again with your uTorrent client and see if you still get the “Access Denied” error message.
Launch the CHKDSK command
It is also possible that the problem with the uTorrent client is due to a hardware failure, especially the hard drive.
If the program is having trouble accessing folders on the system, the problem may be with the hard disk or it may be showing signs of malfunction.
To check this, you can try checking the hard disk for errors using the Windows “CHKDSK” command.
- On your computer, press the Windows + R key combination to run the Command Prompt.
- After that, type cmd and press Enter to open the command prompt.
- Finally, type chkdsk at the command prompt and press Enter to start scanning your hard drive.
- Now, wait for the scan to finish and Windows will automatically try to fix the errors on the hard drive.
- After the scan, go back to the uTorrent application and try downloading files to see if the “Access Denied” problem on your computer has been resolved.
The uTorrent app may have encountered a temporary problem with its files, causing an error message on your computer. To rule out such a scenario, you can try restarting the uTorrent client so that the program can reload its resources.
- On your computer, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and select Task Manager from the drop-down menu.
- Then find the uTorrent client among the applications running on your computer.
- Finally, click on the uTorrent client and the End Task button to close the program.
- Then go back to your desktop and run the uTorrent client normally to see if the uTorrent “Access Denied” error is still occurring.
Frequently Asked Questions
Right-click the uTorrent icon in the open folder and go to "Properties". In Properties, go to the Compatibility tab, set "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and select "Windows XP Service Pack 3" from the drop-down menu. Scroll down the list and check the "Run this program as an administrator" box.
- Apply permissions to the directory.
- Add your account to the Administrators group.
- Enable the hidden administrator account.
- Review your permissions.
- Use the command line to reset permissions.
- Set your account as an administrator.
- Use the Reset Permissions tool.
This is a common problem that occurs when the torrent client tries to write to a file accessed by another process or application. Close any applications that could potentially open such a file, including Finder and Explorer windows. If the problem persists, restart your torrent client.
- Check your firewall and enable port mapping.
- Check your uTorrent settings.
- Hide your uTorrent traffic.
- Are you using a VPN? Switch to a BitTorrent-friendly server.
- Is your torrent file dead? Torrent files for which there are no seeds.
- Try another BitTorrent client.
- Solve your problems with uTorrent.